The 2012 Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois pours out pitch black in color with no light getting through and is topped with a two finger, tightly knit, mocha colored head that slowly reduces all the way down. On the nose, big, big sweet bourbon aromas permeate the nose. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, molasses, burnt brown sugar, oak and a little alcohol. In the mouth, the bourbon dominates with a noticeable sweetness and hints of vanilla, oak, chocolate and alcohol heat. Full bodied. Low carbonation. Some lacing on the glass. Chewy, almost thick mouthfeel. The finish is long and seems not to want to end with the sweet bourbon flavors continuing to dominate.
A really good bourbon barrel aged stout that is a joy to sip through. The flavors are fantastic albeit a little one dimensional with the focus on the bourbon. Not that that is a bad thing. This is supposed to be that way and achieves its goal. After some age, Goose Island recommends cellaring for up to 5 years, this should really come into its own and be a phenomenal beer. Highly Recommended.
Note: A big thank you Mike for sending me this beer.
12 ounce bottle, 15.0% ABV, Bottled on 09/20/12
Beer 305 of 366 for 2012